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How to Walk Away

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The Fact Remains
Shining On
This Lonely Love (featuring Richard Butler)
My Baby...
Just Lust
Now I'm Gone
Remember November
So Alone
Such A Beautiful Girl (featuring Matthew Caws)
Law Of Nature
Not Enough
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 47:05

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Matthew Fritch spent more than a decade as senior editor of the Philadelphia-based magazine MAGNET, where he wrote about wildly unpopular indie rock bands and r...more »

Juliana Hatfield, How to Walk Away
2008 | Label: Ye Olde Records / Redeye

Juliana Hatfield doesn’t do drastic, Liz Phair-style mid-career makeovers. She redecorates — moves the furniture around and updates the lighting. While 2005′s Made In China found the waifish pop singer/songwriter flexing her muscles with gritty garage rock, the new How to Walk Away eschews heavy lifting. Hatfield’s 10th solo album is clean, elegant and polished to a vintage-modern sheen. Producer Andy Chase (also of stylish Euro-pop outfit Ivy) emphasizes plush beds of gurgling keyboards… read more »

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who added "Not Enough track eleven ?


I love this album..... This is her best to date. Looking forward to the new "Peace and Love" in Feb.......but who added the last track ? Emusic or Juliana ? Do you have to add a song as to get it to be considered a "new" album again ?

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great cd


i've always liked her songs but this cd really stands out to me. i've listened to "the fact remains" over and over. fantastic song!

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What a pleasant surprise!


I've loved Julianna on and off for many years, and her early solo work still stands out...But I have to say you should give this one a listen. She's back on old form. Seriously.

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A Nice Return to Form


This is Juliana's most consistent work since "Beautiful Creature." Her vocals are always compelling. On this album, she crafts sturdy songs in which her voice can truly thrive.

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Luxuriant vocals and a melody to swim in


I downlad this on a whim - and i am so pleased i did. Her voice has an edge to it that mixes beauty with the threat of something a lot darker, cant just put my finger on it but she has that inexplicable "something" that holds your attention. And the songs themselves swirl around you in a triumphant haze. Amazing!

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Needless to say I am a fan of Juliana Hatfield. And I've been with her at her highs and her lows, and I have to say this is easily one of her high moments. She has obviously been influenced by label mate Frank Smith (band) as a number of songs have a country sound to them... but dont let that scare you off, I hate country too but I can't help but falling in love with these tracks.

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Another twist in the road for Juliana.....


Juliana Hatfield has made songs with hooks before, but the strings are new and the writing actually is ambitious. In the past, Juliana could be disarming because her singing and writing were nearly primitive, but this is polished. Only a few tunes stretch her to discomfort (there are some "ouch" moments in the otherwise quite poignant "My Baby"), so ianr's comment about confidence is apt and the song "Just Lust" provides a bit of irony for someone who famously claimed to be a virgin into her twenties. All told, this album shows that Juliana's grown up.

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This is a lovely record, polished and tuneful. More in the spirit of In Exile Deo and her EP with Frank Smith. Soft focused and mellow, vaguelly country rockish. The sound toughens up as the album wears on but it never goes down the garage rock route of other records, like Bed or Made in China. Juliana's voice has never sounded so full and confident.

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Age agrees with Juliana Hatfield, lending an alluring huskiness to her girlish voice, a weariness to her love songs, and an assurance to her writing. All this is evident on How to Walk Away, a candidly confessional work that perhaps not so coincidentally arrives just before the publication of Hatfield’s autobiography, When I Grow Up. How to Walk Away abounds with self-examination but it’s not a journey through her back pages — it’s a break-up album. Hatfield doesn’t focus on the aftermath of a doomed relationship but rather the process of a messy split, turning in a loose song cycle about love, lust, and loss, filled with false finishes, halted new beginnings, retreads and reversals. Romance and reflection aren’t uncommon to Hatfield — she’s never shied away from unrequited crushes or moments of self-doubt — but here she reveals a resigned caustic wit and sly eye for detail, something that renders the slow dissolving romance on “My Baby…” quite heartbreaking and turns “Just Lust” into a withering dismissal. When Hatfield launched her solo career at the start of the ’90s, she couldn’t quite deliver such bluntly carnal tunes as her voice quivered with insecurities, which was an appropriate match for the fragility of her jangle pop. Such delicate situations seem in the distant past on How to Walk Away, as there’s a tattered edge to her voice and a growing complexity to her craft. She still is foremost a pop songwriter, turning out songs as melodically bracing as “Now I’m Gone,” but she balances this jangling pop with slower, folky tunes, occasionally dipping into jazzy after-hours textures, then channeling all her aggression into the nasty, sneering “So Alone,” as powerful a rocker as she’s ever cut. These shifts in mood are made vivid by a production that has just enough color and detail — looped rhythms or synthesizers, duets with Richard Butler and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws — to turn these recordings into full-blooded realizations of Hatfield’s heartbreaking, witheringly funny songs, giving How to Walk Away a sense of musical momentum that suits its emotional heft. It’s a tight, cohesive record with a subtle but undeniable resonance, a record that Juliana Hatfield always seemed on the verge of delivering and finally has. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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